Intention without Hesitation and a Giveaway!!

Update- we have a winner of the giveaway.  Jenn, who said her intention without hesitation goal was: “Intentional about praying everyday for my children and reciting scripture.”  Congratulations, Jenn! 

My daughter starts high school in one week.  Her new backpack will be laden down with homework, papers to bring home, and about 20 pounds of text books all year long.  Unlike her mother, my daughter is a great student and takes academics pretty seriously and is involved with sports.  She’s going to be a busy gal this year.  Soccer practice 5 or 6 days a week, games, homework, Whatever Girls meetings, worship practice, chores, time with friends, time with family, church, and the list goes on. 

Our kids, yours and mine, are busier than ever these days.  My husband and I committed long ago to a one activity at a time policy.  Our family does not function well when we’re out each night doing multiple activities.  We suffer from burn out, our kids don’t get to be kids nearly as long as they need to, and we miss out on much needed together time.

Even with limiting activities, my girl is going to be crazy busy the next four years and I know some things are going to fall through the cracks.  If I have to empty the dishwasher for her now and then, it’s no big deal.  But there is one thing I don’t want falling through the cracks:  her relationship with Jesus.  Fortunately, she’s really on fire for God right now, but I want to encourage her to keep that fire going.  Andrew Carnegie said: “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.”  These words have been weighing heavy on my heart for weeks.  And so have these words, this concept:  “Intention without Hesitation”.

Since January 1 of this year, my best friend and I have been keeping each other accountable spiritually.  We read our devotion for the day, pray and then text the other saying “ I read and prayed”.  Over the months we’ve missed a few days here and there, and there are days when I should have spent more time in God’s Word.  Like last week, for example.  Grace said “Mommy, are there any chores I can do so you can read your Bible?”  Yes.She.Did.   I smiled and thanked her.  Even at 14, she knows if my cup is running on empty and can see how the rest of the family is affected.

Our intention without hesitation mornings with God start on the first day of school and will be as high a priority as eating breakfast and getting dressed for school.  I wouldn’t dream of sending my kids to school hungry or improperly dressed.  But, I’m sad to say I’ve let their spirits go to school cold and with hunger pangs- spiritually malnourished.

New starts are exciting, aren’t they? I’m especially excited about intention without hesitation mornings because of the tool we’re going to be using.  My good friend Lynn Cowell (Proverbs 31 Author and Speaker) is coming out with her second book, “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year” on September 4.  Lynn sent me an advance copy and asked if I’d endorse it.  I didn’t hesitate.  I’ve read Lynn’s first book “His Revolutionary Love” and the Whatever Girls brought Lynn to speak in our community last spring.  We love Lynn.  She has become one of my favorite people on the planet.  She is so in tune with Jesus, so believe me when I say her books are amazing, relevant, full of God’s Word, wisdom, and will be instrumental in guiding your daughter to a deeper relationship with Jesus. 

 

I believe a girl needs these two things in her life:

1. To (really) know Jesus loves her and to love Him back.
2. She needs to spend time with Him each and every day. 

Not sure where or how to start?  Keep reading.

Giveaway:  Lynn and I want to spread the message of intention without hesitation to teen girls all over the world.   We are giving away a copy of Lynn’s books, “His Revolutionary Love” and “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year”.  The giveaway is open today through midnight on Tuesday, September 4. 

To enter:  please leave a comment telling us about your intention without hesitation goal(s).  

For extra entries: spread the news about our giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook for a total of three entries.  Comment here (each time) telling us you’ve Tweeted or posted about the giveaway on Facebook.   (You can post on your personal Facebook account or on your Facebook page, if you have one.  Or both!)

For Twitter entries please Tweet this message:  “@_WhateverGirls @LynnCowell please enter me in the#intentionwithouthesitation #giveaway #Devos4aRevYear http://ow.ly/di6X2

For Facebook entries please post this message:  “The Whatever Girls and Lynn Cowell are hosting an “intention without hesitation” book giveaway ‘His Revolutionary Love’ and ‘Devotions for a Revolutionary Year http://ow.ly/di6X2

A winner will be randomly selected and announced in this post on September 5, so be sure to check back!

If you don’t want to wait until September 5 to find out if you won the books, you can order “His Revolutionary Love” here and pre-order “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year” here.

Good luck!

A Promise Kept

No matter what…..

The closer we are to God, the more we know this to be true.

The Top 2 Reasons I Detest Shopping

There will be no mincing of words here.  I strongly dislike shopping for clothes – especially when these clothes are for my 14 year old daughter.  I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed buying her clothes.  Oh wait; it was when she was 3.  (Not counting the time last year when we got her some clothes at the hay and feed store.  Three cheers for Carhartt!)  It’s been downhill ever since.  If only she would wear shorts or jeans with superhero t-shirts like her 8 year old brother.

We were addressing valentines when my sweet daughter started telling me what stores she wanted to hit for new clothes.  I’m not as motivated to go shopping as she is.  School starts September 4 and I plan to take her shopping on August 31.  On the plus side, however, we plan to make a fun day of it.  We’ll start with mani’s and pedi’s and lunch out.  These pre-shopping activities are designed to serve as pre-shopping therapy for me.  If for some reason they fall short, the mall has a Cinnabon. 

 

Here are (just) the top 2 reasons I detest shopping:

1.  The exploitation of it all:  Each and every time we enter a mall my daughter is exploited by the sights, sounds and smells whispering in her ears, trying to trick her into believing she must look this way, smell this way and talk this way in order to measure up and fit in.  Not true.  My daughter and yours are set apart and they deserve better than the lies and false promises the world wants to spoon feed them.

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Take away:  My daughter and I talk or pre-decide, as my friend Lynn Cowell says, about what we are looking for so that when we get to the stores there will be no arguing or mixed agendas.  Grace knows our clothing standards and has adopted them as her own.  If Grace’s blood was checked for sparkles I guarantee it would be positive.  Suffice it to say, she likes “louder” clothes than I do.  Years ago I decided that as long as an article of clothing met our modesty standards I would most likely yield to her fashion preferences. 


2. 
The lack of modest and age appropriate clothing:  One of the main reasons clothes shopping stopped being fun when my daughter was still in nighttime Pull-Ups is because nearly overnight the clothes went from being cute and adorable to blingy and too old for her.  It was like we went from Classic Pooh and cute flowers to Toddlers and Tiaras.  Girls need to be little girls as long as they can.  The clothing industry is just one of many that are telling our girls (and boys) to grow up too fast.  Have you ever seen a guy check your daughter out?  It is seriously one of, if not the sickest things in the world to witness.  That in itself is reason enough to protect your girl from clothing that suggests or reveals too much.  Amen?

Take away:
  Again, pre-deciding is critical.  Do your research before leaving the house.  Sit down at the computer with your daughter and get a sense of her current styles and match them up with the stores offerings.  Enlist the help of sales people.  Tell them what you’re looking for and chances are they can help you pull off the look you’re after.  Network with your friends.  Word of mouth about who has the best tanks for layering and covering, and the best quality jeans is priceless.

Stores worth mentioning:  I asked my Facebook readers what stores they shopped at for back to school clothing.  Here are the stores they mentioned:  Target, Old Navy, American Eagle, JcPenney’s, Macy’s, Value Village/Thrift stores and I like Lands End from Sears.

My reasons for disliking shopping are definitely frustrating, but I refuse to raise the white flag and subject my daughter to the status quo.  I hope you’ll join me in fighting for your girl, too.

What’s on your back to school shopping list? 

Where do you and your daughter like to shop?

What is your biggest frustration OR tip when it comes to clothes shopping?

Build Your Children Up

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“Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children
or you’ll crush their spirits.” 
Colossians 3:21 (Message)

 

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